Point Pinos, also known as the Great Tide Pool, is one of the richest tide pool habitats in the world. It was from these tide pools that the famous Doc Ricketts of John Steinbeck fame fed his formaldehyde-filled jars in the early days of marine science.
Holliday steps back to 1849 — the year the intrepid 49ers rushed into California — to tell of gold’s role, not as an isolated historical event, but an innovative dynamic that shaped the future of a state.
Scientists and managers in the Sierra Nevada parks have long recognized the essential nature of fire in these forests and have responded over the years with an increasingly sophisticated fire restoration program using both prescribed burns and natural fires.
Fire management and restoration programs in the Sierra National Parks now reflect much of what researchers like van Wagtendonk and Stephenson have learned about the behavior and ecology of wildfires. The current prescribed burning program, says Stephenson, is highly successful.
In the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada, and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, researchers are grappling with a fire and invasive species problem similar to that affecting Great Basin shrub lands.